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August 27th, 2012
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TIME Magazine's Joe Klein on what he says is the most 'vapid' presidential campaign in his career

The Republican National Convention begins today in Tampa, but it will be a short opening day. It's only going to last 10 minutes. The Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus is going to gavel at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Officials are concerned about the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac. A shortened event could be a problem for Governor Romney who is embroiled in a particularly ugly campaign with President Obama.

"Time" magazine's political columnist, Joe Klein has covered the past 10 presidential elections and one of his recent articles, he had a scathing observation about the current battle between the President and Governor Romney.

"The missing piece is what each would do going forward," Klein writes. "You can't have a substantive debate without substance and this has been the most vapid, vaporous campaigns of the 10 presidential races I've covered."

On "Starting Point" this morning, Klein explains what he meant.

"There's no substance," Klein says. "The Obama campaign has been almost entirely negative and the Romney campaign has been almost entirely filled with platitudes, without any really - any real detail about what they would do going forward."

"We are a big part of the problem...we in the media," Klein adds. "Because we don't do substance very well, especially on TV.

See a clip from Klein's appearance on "Starting Point" in the video above, and see his interaction with the Starting Point panel when it starts to get feisty.

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